I think it was Elton Trueblood who said the Church was “the company of the committed.” He wrote and argued that the Church needed to be cherished, criticized, nourished, and reformed. Elton believed the Church of Jesus with all its blemishes, its divisions, and its failures, remains our best hope of spiritual reality. He maintained that however poor it is, life without is worse.
Read Acts 2:42-47.
I believe the Church of Jesus is the hope of the world. That means that those of us in the church have a responsibility. We are expected to learn and obey the teachings of Jesus in order to honor Him as our Lord. We are required to follow His mandate to take his message to all the nations and make disciples of whomever responds.
That also means we have a responsibility to one another. We are supposed to be dependant on each other, because together we are dependant on Christ Himself, whose body the Church is. In Jesus and in the Church there is strength. The strength essentially comes from Jesus, but it also comes from the strength we give to each other.
The reality is we do not all have the same strength. The apostle Paul said in Romans 12:4-5, that, “For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individual members one of another.”
As a Christian then, our relationships with and to other believers is to be characterized by the call, clarity, and power of Jesus and the apostle’s teaching. The following verses from the New Testament Book of Romans should reflect our daily contacts with other Christians. Hear, read, study, memorize, meditate, pray, and act on these “one another” Scriptures.
Romans 12:5, You are members of one another.
Romans 12:9, Be genuine with one another.
Romans 12:10, Be devoted to one another. Honor one another.
Romans 12:16, Live in harmony with one another.
Romans 13:8, Owe love to one another.
Romans 14:13, Don’t be a stumbling block to one another. Do not judge one another.
Romans 14:19, Build up one another in love.
Romans 15:5, Be of the same mind toward one another.
Romans 15:7, Welcome and receive one another.
Romans 15:14, Admonish one another.
Romans 16:16, Greet one another.
Join me in a prayer that we should repeat and practice: “Lord, we are your people under your care. Yet we are also your representatives here on campus. Help us to be drawn closer both to you and to brothers and sisters in Christ who belong to you, so that together, we may worship you, reflect your character, and be your faithful witnesses. Amen.”
Live communally. Use the passage in Acts and the Romans verses to assess the quality of relationships you have in your life and in your Chi Alpha chapter. How does your Christian experience match up with the call of Jesus and the apostle Paul? How can you improve it?
Love is a verb,
©2016 by Mike Olejarz